Goldfield, Nevada another Ghost Town by bike. Inspired from a previous Tonopah and Beatty, NV rides.
It was time to get out of town from Historic snow fall in Mammoth Lakes and I was jonesing for dirt. Goldfield was on my list for exploring since I have been on a kick to explore ghost towns by bike. I got up early for me loaded up the bike and gear and headed out.
Now with a full breakfast I was ready to explore by Bike just had to drive 26 more miles.
I found a nice parking area to ditch my car and go explore. I had mapped out a route on hillmap.com to go ride.
My first stop on my way to see the famous old hotel on what I thought was going to be the Main event and it might have been. I also saw the local radio station and you could see them chatting. It was great I tuned in while cruising around the town.
This Building was pretty amazing peaking thru the windows a bummer its shut down.
The Old High School
The Old Bank
The Fire Station still in use.
As well as the Courthouse
But not the Old Telephone/ Telegraph Company.
There where so many more old building with historical numbers on them I am sure the visitor center had a map about them but they where closed so I didn’t get to check them out. Ok after checking out the town it was time to go ride the Gpx I had loaded on my Gps unit.
I had started to ride the double track but the snow got deep.
I pushed on hoping it would thin out but it didn’t I was getting a bit discouraged because I drove aways and I wanted to ride. I was surprised to see this share the road marker with a bike symbol a effort for a bike trail. I looked towards the highway and a way to get back to the road. I did have to posthole a bit until I got to the driveway. I started riding the road and noticed there was a cemetery so I became a bit curious.
There where tombstones from the Late 1800s. I tried to imagine there stories. With the town covered in snow I also tried to imagine how they heated the area while I was wearing modern winter garments think darn I am spoiled. I still wanted to ride I was going to just tour more streets that I had missed. I looked to the east and noticed there was less snow.
Then I could see some dirt roads and what looked like a stamp mill. There is the old saying curiosity killed the cat but it also discovered America and thats what I was doing here. so I pedaled towards the mine.
The gateway to the mine there was a Historic Bullfrog Train
and well a Saloon
I was getting thirsty seem like a proper watering hole and a Coors light seem like proper water.
The bartender didn’t seem to friendly at first but while I was donating 5 bucks to the slot funds I noticed on the mirror home of the meanest bartenders then I giggled to myself.
Now that I was no longer thirsty back to riding and exploring.
I saw this sign Diamondfield didn’t really think anything of it at first then I saw another sign so I googled it turned out to be another ghost town and it was another 5 miles away and thought great I will get a decent ride in today so I trucked on or well pedaled.
I went off the main road a little bit to follow this old rail trail and figured it would merge back to the dirt road.
I was happy to be riding dirt and packed snow and getting miles in.
I had only really saw two marker this one of the Deerfield High school of 1904-1911. The road dead end to a private looked like ghost town but there where no trespassing signs around so I just headed back. I was also getting hungry.
I remembered seeing something also on the Car Forest so I had to check this before I hit up the local diner.
It was delicious. The End!